Pokemon Go players will soon be seeing the game take its first few baby steps toward esports legitimacy at the 2019 Pokemon World Championship.
This year's tournament will find Pokemon Go taking the stage for the first time in history at the event for the first official PvP competition. While fans have taken it upon themselves in the past to host their own PvP competitions before via Discord and outside means, this is the first official venue fans can go through if they want to test their might against other players.
While the tournament's competitors have been pre-selected, there's still a chance to apply for the final competitor position via the official Pokemon website, where only applicants from the US will be accepted. The lucky winner will get to compete alongside the biggest names in Pokémon history: Game Freak's Junichi Masuda, for one, as well as dire Shigeki Morimoto. While trainer battles are still a bit of a fledgling thing for Pokemon Go fans, it's still cool to see them getting their time in the spotlight.
Does this mean Pokemon Go could potentially see its own unique tournament in the future? We'll have to wait and see. Will you be trying to secure your spot in the upcoming tournament, or do you think it might be best left to another pro player? Let us know in the comments below.